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Unless you live in a milder climate, chances are that you don’t have many scarves in your possession. But, for those of us who live in regions where arctic blasts, blizzards and frigid air is the norm, a scarf is a must-have accessory. And, if you think that a man doesn’t need a scarf to battle the elements this winter, just remember that for over 2,000 years the greatest warriors, statesmen, and artists throughout history have proudly worn scarves. If that’s not enough to convince you on how manly scarves can be, consider the following.
Scarves, besides protecting your neck and chest from the colder air, can add some much-needed flair to your wardrobe. A brightly colored scarf, for example, can give a dull charcoal coat some vibrancy during this dreary time of year. In short, a scarf can be a warm and welcome addition to bland outfits.
So, you’re sold. What kind of scarf should you be investing into?
Keep things simple. A rectangular shaped scarf that is between 50 to 90 inches long and 6 to 14 inches wide is a great place to start. As for patterns, plaid and solid colors are typically wise and safe selections – not a scarf that is excessively large, airy or is covered in images, beads, etc. Just make sure that it doesn’t clash with the rest of your ensemble. For winter, chose scarves made from wool or cashmere.
Now that you found a scarf that will keep you stylish and warm throughout the winter, how exactly do you tie said scarf? It’s not all that difficult. You’re not tying a necktie here. But, just to make sure that you look sharp when you head out during this time of year, here are five ways to tie your scarf.
One of the most popular ways to tie a scarf. Begin by taking the scarf into both hands and folding it in half; drape it around your neck; insert the loose ends through the loop in the front and pull them through until snug. This knot is a great wind-stopper and goes well with a short leather jacket.
Want a knot that’s extremely easy to tie? It doesn’t get any easier than this method. Just drape the scarf around your neck. Then, you tuck it under your coat. Perfect if you happen to be wearing a suit or sports jacket with a V-shaped front.
Here’s another simple method that will provide you with some extra-warmth. Just take the scarf, wrap around your neck once leaving one end longer than the other. It’s quick, effective and can be worn on your daily commute or with a fitted blazer during after-hours. For those really brisk days, wrap the scarf a second-time and you’ll have the Twice-Around.
The Crossover (or Overhand, Ascot)
Start with the scarf hanging over your shoulders with one end longer than the other. Take the longer end, loop around once and hold the longer end with your left hand. You’ve created a hole. Take the longer end and pass underneath the shorter section – like a pair of shoelaces. Finally, tighten to your desire. A secure method that looks great with almost any wardrobe and occasion.
If it’s really brutal out there, try this classic knot. Simply wrap the scarf around your neck as many times as possible. This method has a sharp look when tucked into a suit.
Those were just five of our favorite ways to tie a scarf. Was there a knot that we left out in the cold? If so, let us know how you prefer to tie a scarf.
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